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Northern Stage's 'Christmas Carol' a children's holiday delight

Northern Stage’s ‘Christmas Carol’ a children’s holiday delight

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016-Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s that season again when ballet companies polish up their “Nutcrackers” and regional theaters reheat that old chestnut “A Christmas Carol.” White River Junction’s Northern Stage offers up its biennial production of Scrooge’s story in a production that looks very good for the most part but gets hobbled by […]

Re-imagined 'Macbeth' in modern mode a winning production

Re-imagined ‘Macbeth’ in modern mode a winning production

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ghosts walk Northern Stage’s production of Macbeth, playing through Oct. 23.  Set in the present and performed in modern dress, this re-imagining may not be appreciated by Shakespeare traditionalists. Swords are replaced with automatic weapons, armor becomes Kevlar vests and some basic themes are twisted to suit the creative […]

Nuanced performances make powerful 'All My Sons' a must-see

Nuanced performances make powerful ‘All My Sons’ a must-see

By David Lampe-Wilson 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse completes its 80th season on a dramatic high note as a secret destroys an American Dream in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, playing through Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Weston Playhouse. The play is part of the Playhouse’s American Masters Series – and it is dark, […]

Multi-talented cast carries multi-character 'Murder for Two'

Multi-talented cast carries multi-character ‘Murder for Two’

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse continues its summer season at its Other Stage with “Murder for Two,” a frivolous musical that sends up murder mysteries and their attendant tropes. While its premise is clever — two actors play all parts including detective, victim and suspects — your enjoyment will depend on […]

Take a chance on Weston's exuberant 'Mamma Mia'

Take a chance on Weston’s exuberant ‘Mamma Mia’

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Take a sitcom script, a passel of Swedish disco-era tunes and some lively dancing and you have “Mamma Mia!” the long-running Broadway musical now in production at Weston Playhouse. On the Greek island of Kalokairi, young Sophie is preparing her wedding and wants her father to walk her […]

Weston's 'Round & Round' is comic precision in a delightful farce

Weston’s ‘Round & Round’ is comic precision in a delightful farce

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Norman Conquest has landed onstage at Weston Playhouse with Round and Round the Garden, the third play in Alan Ayckbourn comic trilogy, bringing a breath of fresh air to relieve the hot summer nights. The first two plays of the trilogy were previously presented at Northern Stage […]

In moving 'Forever,' restless ghosts haunt Weston’s Other Stage

In moving ‘Forever,’ restless ghosts haunt Weston’s Other Stage

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC   Actress, poet and playwright Dael Orlandersmith returns to the Weston Playhouse Other Stage with  Forever, an angry eulogy to the spirit of her abusive mother. It is a festering wound of a play that takes no prisoners in its unvarnished, raw honest language and its rich, telling […]

Weston's 'La Mancha' hurls down gauntlet to begin 80th season

Weston’s ‘La Mancha’ hurls down gauntlet to begin 80th season

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Anyone who was around in the ’60s and ’70s has probably heard at least a dozen of the hundreds of cover recordings of “The Impossible Dream,” the signature song of the musical Man Of La Mancha. Whether it was Andy Williams or Frank Sinatra or Jim Nabors […]

The ABC's of fun abound in 'Schoolhouse Rock, Live!'

The ABC’s of fun abound in ‘Schoolhouse Rock, Live!’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Anyone who raised a child and had access to television may have at least a passing knowledge of Schoolhouse Rock. But, for the uninitiated, Schoolhouse Rock was a collection of energetic, three-minute animated musicals about various academic topics that were broadcast between children’s cartoons on ABC every […]

Northern Stage delivers a farcical feast in 'Living Together,' first in 'Norman Conquests' trilogy

Northern Stage delivers a farcical feast in ‘Living Together,’
first in ‘Norman Conquests’ trilogy

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC White River Junction’s Northern Stage finishes off its 2015-16 season with Alan Ayckbourn’s comic Living Together, the first in a trilogy of plays known collectively as “The Norman Conquests” (more about that later). For anyone who delights in the absurdities of Britcoms, Living Together is a feast of […]

'The Mountaintop' an interesting trip, with a confusing view

‘The Mountaintop’ an interesting trip, with a confusing view

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC White River Junction’s Northern Stage continues its season with Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, a fictionalized account of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final day, that begins as a realistic drama then veers into the otherworldly. And while the idea is an interesting one, the execution borders on the schizophrenic. […]

Comic ‘Baskervilles’ a howling success at Northern Stage

Comic ‘Baskervilles’ a howling success at Northern Stage

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC White River Junction’s Northern Stage serves up a huge helping of British silliness with The Hound of the Baskervilles, the 2007 comic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes novel. This featherbrained adaptation by Steven Canny and John Nicholson has a lot going for it, but […]

Northern Stage's 'Mad Love' a crowd-pleaser, but carries heavy baggage

Northern Stage’s ‘Mad Love’ a crowd-pleaser, but carries heavy baggage

By David Lampe-Wilson © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC White River Junction’s Northern Stage approaches the dead of winter on an adventurous path with Marisa Smith’s new comedy Mad Love and judging by audience reaction during a recent preview performance, it has the potential of being a real crowd pleaser. Mad Love is a 21st-century rom-com […]

'Mary Poppins' offers top-drawer performances on a dazzling set

‘Mary Poppins’ offers top-drawer performances on a dazzling set

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC White River Junction’s Northern Stage enters the holiday season with the musical Mary Poppins and, as seen in a preview, there is a lot to recommend it — performances, costumes, color — but it is an uphill battle for its talented cast. Someone once described a camel as […]

'Our Town' a stunning inaugural play at new Barrette Center

‘Our Town’ a stunning inaugural play at new Barrette Center

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC White River Junction’s Northern Stage inaugurates its new home at the Barrette Center for the Arts with a heartfelt production of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town.  Viewed during a recent preview performance, Our Town stuns in its quiet simplicity. Our Town chronicles the lives of […]

Weston's 'Glass Menagerie' achingly exquisite

Weston’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ achingly exquisite

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse buttons up its 2015 season with an achingly exquisite production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This American classic is a touchstone of 20th century theater, a play that broke down barriers between actor and audience, tinkered with time and place, and turned life into very […]

'Road to Where' with energy, wit and intelligence it's worth the trip

‘Road to Where’ with energy, wit and intelligence it’s worth the trip

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Other Stage at Weston’s Rod and Gun Club has been transformed into a warm, intimate faux Irish pub, complete with tables and chairs at which audience members can consume a liter or two of ginger beer as they enjoy the Weston Playhouse’s latest production, The Road to […]

'Guys and Dolls:' Great possibilities when it finds right pace

‘Guys and Dolls:’ Great possibilities when it finds right pace

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC High-rolling gamblers, low-life gangsters, free-spirited showgirls and sanctimonious soul savers take to the stage in a workman-like version of Guys and Dolls, playing through Aug. 22 at the Weston Playhouse. Filled with wit, heart and hummable songs, Guys and Dolls is based on Damon Runyon’s stories “The Idyll […]

Powerful vibrancy to Weston Playhouse's lean 'Other Place'

Powerful vibrancy to Weston Playhouse’s lean ‘Other Place’

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC While Weston Playhouse’s Main Stage provides a space for lavish music and dance productions, its Other Stage concentrates on honing small gems in bare-bones productions. The emphasis at the Other Stage is on character and intimate playing, and its current production The Other Place offers a host of […]

WPTC's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is 'fast-paced, deliciously daffy'

WPTC’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is ‘fast-paced, deliciously daffy’

By David Lampe-Wilson © 2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC The power of the imagination, once freed, seems limitless and releasing that power is the task set forth by Peter and the Starcatcher, the five-time Tony Award winning play now on stage at the Weston Playhouse. You really have to admire how the cast takes the stage, […]